With Amazon officially coming to New York City, where will its founder and chief executive live? Jeff Bezos will have an easier time finding a property in the city than most, as he already owns four apartments in Manhattan. All of the NYC properties owned by the multi-billionaire are located on the Upper West Side at 25 Central Park West, in a condo building known as the Century (h/t I Love The UWS). Bezos, who owns several homes (as well as the biggest in Washington, D.C.) and remains one of the top landowners in the country, has requested helipad access for Amazon’s new Long Island City headquarters, making any neighborhood he chooses to live just a quick ride away.
Bezos first picked up three units at the Century in 1999, paying $7.65 million through a limited liability corporation called “Jetima,” according to property records. The Art Deco-style building rises 32 stories, overlooks Central Park, and sits near Columbus Circle.
According to a 1999 article in the Observer, Bezos bought the three condos from Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola, who had purchased the apartments months prior for roughly $8 million. Bezos, who was then living in Seattle where his bookselling Amazon.com was based, bought the space with the intention of using it as a pied-à-terre for himself and his wife, as well as his parents.
In 2012, Bezos bought an adjacent condo in the building for $5.3 million, property records show. This apartment measures 1,725 square feet.
Commuting to the new Amazon headquarters from his UWS apartments would be a breeze, helipad or not. But with $2 billion in tax incentives from New York and the opportunity for even more, Bezos has more than enough room to splurge on real estate.
[Via I Love The UWS]
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